Find Me Unafraid tells the uncommon love story between two uncommon people whose collaboration sparked a successful movement to transform the lives of vulnerable girls and the urban poor. With a foreword by Nicholas Kristof.
This is the story of two young people from completely different worlds: Kennedy Odede from Kibera, the largest slum in Africa, and Jessica Posner from Denver, Colorado. Kennedy foraged for food, lived on the street, and taught himself to read with old newspapers. When an American volunteer gave him the work of Mandela, Garvey, and King, teenaged Kennedy decided he was going to change his life and his community. He bought a soccer ball and started a youth empowerment group he called Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO). Then, in 2007, Wesleyan undergraduate Jessica Posner spent a semester abroad in Kenya working with SHOFCO. Breaking all convention, she decided to live in Kibera with Kennedy, and they fell in love. Their connection persisted, and Jessica helped Kennedy to escape political violence and fulfill his lifelong dream of an education, at Wesleyan University.
The alchemy of their remarkable union has drawn the support of community members and celebrities alike - The Clintons, Mia Farrow, and Nicholas Kristof are among their fans - and their work has changed the lives of many of Kibera's most vulnerable population: its girls. Jess and Kennedy founded Kibera's first tuition-free school for girls, a large, bright blue building, which stands as a bastion of hope in what once felt like a hopeless place. But Jessica and Kennedy are just getting started - they have expanded their model to connect essential services like health care, clean water, and economic empowerment programs. They've opened an identical project in Mathare, Kenya's second largest slum, and intend to expand their remarkably successful program for change.
©2015 Kennedy Odede and Jessica Posner (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers
Definitely will listen to it again. Great narrator, I felt like I was there with Kennedy and Jessica when it all happen. I cried and laugh with them. Very inspiring. I've been telling people about this book. Good luck to Kennedy and Jessica, with your Shining Hope for the Community, family life and your own personal growth! Thank you for sharing it with the rest of the world.
If you aren't sure you want to listen to this book Google Kennedy O'Dede and Jessica Posner. They have a remarkable personal story and are making a huge difference in the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya. What an enjoyable audiobook. The readers were great.
It is so difficult to find words to describe this book. It is a life-changing story of hope, overcoming horrors, changing a community not by invading but by grassroots community development. It broke down parts of my own life so incredibly that it made me truly inspired to change my life, and to marvel constantly at the unfairness of the universe, of luck, of what we are born to: but also it filled me with such awe at the UNBELIEVABLE strength of so many people who are born to unimaginable circumstances. If I could build a school curriculum, this would be required reading over any other book.
Story of resilience, hope and intricate community in Kenya's largest slum. An unlikely love and Shining Hope! Great accurate descriptions of life and times
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